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[nit-ing] /ˈnɪt ɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that knits.
the act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn.
knitted work.
stick / tend to one's knitting,
  1. to mind one's own business:
    Don't worry about my work—just tend to your knitting.
  2. to devote oneself to one's assignments or responsibilities:
    Years of sticking to his knitting finally paid off.
1350-1400; Middle English; see knit, -ing1


[nit] /nɪt/
verb (used with object), knitted or knit, knitting.
to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine.
to join closely and firmly, as members or parts (often followed by together):
The tragedy knitted the family closer together.
to contract into folds or wrinkles:
to knit the brow.
to form or create from diverse sources or elements:
She knitted her play from old folk tales and family anecdotes.
verb (used without object), knitted or knit, knitting.
to become closely and firmly joined together; grow together, as broken bones do.
to contract into folds or wrinkles, as the brow.
to become closely and intimately united.
fabric produced by knitting.
a knitted garment.
a style or type of knitting.
the basic stitch in knitting, formed by pulling a loop of the working yarn forward through an existing stitch and then slipping that stitch off the needle.
Compare purl1 (def 3).
before 1000; Middle English knitte, Old English cnyttan to tie; cognate with German knütten; see knot1
Related forms
knittable, adjective
knitter, noun
preknit, verb (used with object), preknitted or preknit, preknitting.
reknit, verb, reknitted or reknit, reknitting.
2. bind, link, unite. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for knitting
  • He is filled with panic, because all his students are knitting.
  • New hand-knitting technologies were deployed, including a pattern for knitting two socks at once.
  • The problem comes in knitting together these experiences, real or fancied, into a single narrative.
  • knitting and withal singing, and it seemed that her voice comforted her hands to work.
  • And four cardinal virtues be figured by knitting of the net.
  • Not to belabor the point, but my stepson also still has platelets that do a decent job of knitting surface wounds without factor.
  • What's more, science has its own role to play in knitting the world together.
  • Another example might be the effective ban on taking knitting needles onto planes.
  • Those who oppose home schooling should shut up and stick to their own knitting.
  • knitting is the one kind of fancy needlework which is never out of date.
British Dictionary definitions for knitting


  1. knitted work or the process of producing it
  2. (as modifier): a knitting machine


verb knits, knitting, knitted, knit
to make (a garment, etc) by looping and entwining (yarn, esp wool) by hand by means of long eyeless needles (knitting needles) or by machine (knitting machine)
to join or be joined together closely
to draw (the brows) together or (of the brows) to come together, as in frowning or concentrating
(of a broken bone) to join together; heal
  1. a fabric or garment made by knitting
  2. (in combination): a heavy knit
Derived Forms
knittable, adjective
knitter, noun
Word Origin
Old English cnyttan to tie in; related to Middle Low German knütten to knot together; see knot1
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Word Origin and History for knitting

"knitted work," 1848, from present participle of knit (v.). Knitting-needle is from 1590s.



Old English cnyttan "to tie with a knot, bind, fasten," related to Old Norse knytja "bind together," Middle Low German knütten "to tie, knot," Old English cnotta "a knot," from Proto-Germanic *knuttjan, from stem *knutt-. Of brows, late 14c. Meaning "to do knitting" (especially plain stitch) is from 1520s. Related: Knitted; knitting.

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knitting in Medicine

knitting knit·ting (nĭt'ĭng)
The physiological process by which the fragments of a broken bone are united or the edges of a wound are closed.

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Encyclopedia Article for knitting

production of fabric by employing a continuous yarn or set of yarns to form a series of interlocking loops. Knit fabrics can generally be stretched to a greater degree than woven types. The two basic types of knits are the weft, or filling knits-including plain, rib, purl, pattern, and double knits-and the warp knits-including tricot, raschel, and milanese. In knitting, a wale is a column of loops running lengthwise, corresponding to the warp of woven fabric; a course is a crosswise row of loops, corresponding to the filling.

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